Beginning in January Wadsworth residents will see a fixed route mass-transit system for the first time. Up until now Wadsworth has had bus transportation by appointment from Medina County Public Transit, but now two fixed routes with at least 12 stops will be added to begin the new year. Wadsworth City Service Director Chris Easton tells AkronNewsNow " This would be fixed route stops in the downtown, in the area of the high school, community center, the shopping areas around the interchanges, and around Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital."
Easton says Wadsworth will be getting full service bus transportation thanks to a change in federal designation for Medina County Public Transit, and money from Akron Metro Transit designated for Medina County being funneled back to the city to add the full-time six day a week bus routes. A bus would arrive at each stop every 15 to 20 minutes .
Easton says in preliminary meetings with city residents many seniors supported the expanded bus service to provide them many more opportunities to be taken to medical appointments and shopping destinations. There have also been proposals to add more stops.
Fares will total $4 for an all-day pass and $1.50 for one way trips.
Easton says Medina County Public Transit would also continue to provide bus transportation by appointment.
A second public meeting on the new bus schedule is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Soprema Senior Center.